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Agriculture output down 2.6% in Q3

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Catherine Talavera – The Philippine Star

November 9, 2021 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The nation’s agricultural output continued to drop in the third quarter of the 12 months, pushed by declines in the livestock, crop and fisheries sectors.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) confirmed that the worth of manufacturing in native agriculture declined by 2.6 p.c to P406.8 billion in the third quarter of the 12 months. This is a bigger decline in comparison with the 1.5 p.c drop in the earlier quarter.

PSA information confirmed that the worth of agricultural manufacturing dipped 2.52 p.c in the primary 9 months to P1.26 trillion.

The livestock sector led the decline in the third quarter, registering a 15.2 p.c discount in manufacturing, which accounted for 15.3 p.c of the nation’s complete agricultural manufacturing.

PSA information confirmed that hog manufacturing continued to drop in the third quarter by 17.8 p.c.

Similarly, declines had been registered in the manufacturing of goat and cattle by 7.4 p.c and a couple of.5 p.c, respectively.

In addition, dairy manufacturing dropped by 3.6 p.c in the quarter.

Fisheries output, which contributed 16.2 p.c to the entire agricultural manufacturing, declined by 0.4 p.c as a result of 41.1 p.c decline in the manufacturing of bigeye tuna and 22.1 p.c drop in blue crab or alimasag.

Crops, which accounted for 54 p.c of the entire agricultural manufacturing, additionally posted a 0.2 p.c decline in the third quarter.

This was pushed by manufacturing decreases in abaca by 21.9 p.c, corn (18.6 p.c) and cabbage (18.1 p.c), amongst others.

In distinction, the nation’s poultry manufacturing grew 1.3 p.c in the third quarter, accounting for 14.6 p.c of the nation’s complete agricultural output.

The improve was pushed by positive aspects in the manufacturing of hen eggs and duck eggs by 8.1 p.c and 7 p.c, respectively.

At present costs, agriculture manufacturing was valued at P446.5 billion in the third quarter, 5.17 p.c increased than the identical interval final 12 months.

This introduced the entire worth of agriculture manufacturing in the 9 months to P1.44 trillion, seven p.c increased than the earlier 12 months’s P1.34 trillion.

The worth of crop manufacturing at present costs registered a 4 p.c improve in the 9 months to P768 billion.

The worth of livestock manufacturing amounted to P246.9 billion, up 13.9 p.c, whereas the worth of poultry manufacturing grew 8.9 p.c to P204 billion.

Fisheries manufacturing was valued at P218 billion, representing a rise of 9.1 p.c.

Despite the decline in agricultural output in the third quarter, Agriculture Secretary William Dar stated the Department of Agriculture (DA) would proceed to do its greatest to realize its two p.c progress goal for the 12 months.

“We will continue to do much more during the last quarter of the year. The farmers and the fisherfolk are doing their best to level up production amid many challenges,”Dar instructed The Star in a viber message.

In August, the DA lowered its agriculture manufacturing goal for this 12 months to 2 p.c from the preliminary 2.5 p.c progress goal because it acknowledged challenges introduced by the lockdowns and African Swine Fever.